Weekly Book Newsletter
9 December 2009

'WBN' giveaway--five copies of 'Balibo' up for grabs x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment WBN is giving away five copies of Balibo on DVD. Balibo was based on the book by Jill Jolliffe, published by... Read more

Pre-Christmas survey 2009 x

WBN will bring you the results of this year’s pre-Christmas survey in a special bulletin on Friday. Booksellers, if your store has not yet participated... Read more

'WBN' Christmas closing extra x

In addition to last week’s Christmas closing list the following organisations have advised us of their closing dates: Nielsen BookScanLast day: 23/12/09First day: 04/01/10All data... Read more

Collins Booksellers to roll out new store design x

Collins Booksellers has announced it is rolling out a new store design. A new Collins Booksellers store which opened in Berwick, Victoria, in October, was... Read more

Baker & Taylor acquires James Bennett x

Baker & Taylor has announced its acquisition of Australia-based library supplier James Bennett. The acquisition is part of a larger deal with James Bennett’s parent... Read more

Chamberlin to head new imprint at Windy Hollow Books x

Windy Hollow Books has announced the creation of a new picture book imprint to be produced by Helen Chamberlin and Tina Denham. Chamberlin, the recipient... Read more

Easton to leave Scribo x

Andrew Easton has announced he will leave the Scribo Group at the end of 2009. Easton has spent 10 years at Bookwise which became part... Read more

McIntyre wins librarians award at annual Dromkeen lunch x

Pam McIntyre, lecturer in language and literacy at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, was presented with the 2009 Dromkeen Librarians Award at... Read more

Harlequin to move distribution to HEDS in 2010; Reader's Digest moves to S&S x

Harlequin Enterprises has announced that its distribution will move from TL Distribution to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) from March next year. ‘From 1 March... Read more

Aurealis Award finalists announced x

The finalists in this year’s Aurealis Awards for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing have been announced. Wonders of a Godless World (Andrew McGahan, A&U) and... Read more

Magabala Books to receive 'substantial long-term funding' x

Magabala Books is among 10 ‘outstanding Indigenous arts and cultural organisations’ that will receive substantial long-term funding under the National Indigenous Arts Infrastructure Program. Magabala... Read more

Chinchilla acquires Aduki Press x

Aduki Press has been acquired by Chris Chinchilla. Chinchilla, who has a background a a musician, writer, and ‘tech-geek’, said the opportunity to buy the... Read more

In brief x

Martin to write ebook based on reader votesAustralian crime author P D Martin has announced she will write an ebook ‘with one key difference–each week... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: worst books of the decade? Amazon denies plans... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Random House Australia has sold The Cleaner and Cemetery Lake (Paul Cleave) to Turkey. Nonfiction–Random House Australia has sold Grown... Read more

On tour x

Authors on tour from December to March 2010: December Matthew Reilly, Macmillan (The Five Greatest Warriors) Ray Martin, Random House (Ray: Stories of My Life)... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Books definitely held their own as a Christmas gift item’–Okay, so it’s not actually a quote from this week but WBN is hoping this comment... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s the last WBN of the year–who comes out on top of the Bestsellers chart? None other than that perennial bestseller Bryce Courtenay with The Story... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

The festive fever has finally hit the book media–reviewers and readers put their Christmas book choices forward in a national effort to inspire book lovers... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Closing date of the Favourite Australian Novel (FAN) poll, 15... Read more

RiP Bub Bridger x

New Zealand poet and short story writer Bub Bridger has died, aged 85. Her works included Up Here On The Hill and Wild Daisies: The... Read more



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